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Old 06 May 2013, 05:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Hummelcat View Post
If the guard is a Swiss Guard, that implies to me that he works for the uh, Swiss Guard Company. His employer is the Swiss Guard Company or whatever, not the Pope.
Not quite. Here's the Pontifical Swiss Guards' oath of service:
"I swear to faithfully, honestly and honourably serve the reigning Pope Benedict XVI., and his legitimate successors, and also dedicate myself to them with all my strength, sacrificing if necessary also my life to defend them.
I assume the same obligations towards the College of Cardinals during the vacancy of the Apostolic See.
I swear, so help me God and our Patron Saints. "

Swiss Guard website
So a Swiss Guard is actually working for the Pope.
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